23 May dance excellence goes to disneyland california
You can’t go to LA without paying a visit to Disneyland California! So we were thrilled when our Dance Excellence schedule included spending one whole day in the most magical place on Earth. I have been to DisneyWorld in Orlando countless times, so I was eager to see how it compared (spoiler alert: I like Orlando better!).
We stayed together as a group as the day began, but drifted off into a few separate groups later in the day. Namely, the group who wanted to ride all the roller coasters and scary rides, and the Park Wimps, of which I was the proud team captain. We preferred more subtle rides, like the Haunted House and Pirates of the Caribbean.
We started the day in Radiator Springs, and I wish Alex had been with us! He would have loved to see his favorite place come to life. I hear it’s even better at night when all the neon comes on, but alas, we had to leave before sunset.
FYI, the racing ride was just barely tame enough for the Park Wimps. All 20 of us enjoyed it together, and it was a (short) blast!
Jessie went with the thrill seekers for awhile, but we met back up before Pirates of the Caribbean (my favorite ride ever!). The detail on this attraction is amazing, the line wasn’t as horrendous as others, it’s all in the cool indoors, and it’s long enough to be worth the wait. I love it! Yeah, I’m a kid at heart.
After we ate, Jessie and I were pretty much over the ride thing (and the long lines). She told me she would rather walk around and see the sights, shop, soak it all in, and take lots of pictures. I was totally down for that! I had her all to myself for hours. It. Was. Awesome. It was the only time during our week-long stay that we got to spend time together alone, and it was by far my most favorite part of the trip. The fact that she wanted to walk around with her mom for a few hours made my heart melt!
This is Jessie. Happy and carefree.
We ended the day by picking up a small autograph book. She wanted autographs of the princesses, but not the grown-up ones you had to wait in line to see. Jessie loves babies, toddlers, and especially little girls. She wanted autographs from the dozens of little girls who were dressed up and dreaming that they were a real princess. I think Jessie helped them feel that way!
Her warm heart is my favorite thing about my girl.
Disneyland truly was a magical place. But not for the reasons you might think. At least not for me. For me, it was a chance to soak up some time with my own little girl before she gets too big.
Here’s to magic. And little girls. And princesses.